Restoring Ophthalmology to the Mainstream Medical School Curriculum

Lippa, LSM

Over the past four decades, academic ophthalmologists have become increasingly segregated from mainstream medicine in the microcosms of their Eye Institutes and outpatient clinics. Concurrently, representation of Ophthalmology in the core curriculum of U.S. medical schools has steadily dwindled [1]. The 2007 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) curriculum management database (“CurrMit”) corroborates the results of a 2004 survey by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) (Haik, Hardy & Lippa, unpublished data): only eight US medical schools still required clinical rotations in Ophthalmology. Although 100% of schools offer an ophthalmology elective, only approximately 25% of students take advantage of the opportunity to enroll [1; Lippa, in press].

Journal of Academic Ophthalmology 2008: 1: 62-64. (c) Journal of Academic Ophthalmology

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